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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

3 comments on “Humans are Innately Social, Health is Social –Healthcare is Not Social — Yet.

  • Some of us are collectively doing it differently because we believe in doing it differently. And we believe healthcare can be social and personal and powerful and even a spiritually moving process. We believe each of us brings a unique perspective and by bringing our HUMANITY we can and will reach in and continue to keep healthcare and those who provide and receive alive (from within and without).

    That means, sometimes we disagree. Sometimes it can be messy. And sometimes – even with a “level 4 code” there may be emotions and set backs, and frustrations and joys and celebrations and MEANING and loss of it. And it is all OK. Awareness and authenticity is what truly matters as long as we are connecting with EACH OTHER.

    Thank you for examining what matters. I’m so grateful.

  • Spent some time with a gynecologist friend this weekend. She was, like, after I get off work, the last thing I want to do is interact with patients! I don’t know what kind of tipping point is required to see that turn around.

  • The tipping point is when documentation includes patient stories -some written by patients (patient-entered data). When “social history” in the traditional sense is done away with, transformed into values, preferences and required components of ANY level visit. When Joe’s friend is working with (alongside) patients in new ways WHILE she is at work.

    What will it take?

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